The Commonwealth Games for this year that is 2018 and IPL, Season 11 both started in this week itself. This is one household in India that is equally invested in both these events.
Cricketer Dinesh Karthik started his first time as an IPL team captain from 7th of April. He took over the reign of Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he will also have some attention divided in Australia as his wife Dipika Pallikal who is India’s top squash player is there to defend her gold medal in the women’s doubles event at Gold Coast.
As this couple have been walking on their on their respective journeys, Karthik posted an emotional message for his wife.
The couple was engaged four years back when Dipika won her gold medal with Joshna Chinappa in the women’s doubles event after upsetting the top-seeded English pair of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro in Glasgow.
It was the first time ever that India had won a gold in the discipline at the Commonwealth Games.
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To be able to support my wife to achieve her goals is everything to me! 4 years back we both got on a plane heading home wd a Gold medal from the Commonwealth games , today as she lands for yet another commonwealth games after 4 long years of hardwork , I can only hope that she has a time of her life in Gold Coast. These 4 years have been tough , she’s worked hard , lived out of a suit case for many months , looked after our home, supported me through everything and yet never once complained about anything. For me to be able to support her is everything. To everyone competing at the Commonwealth games in Gold Coast – Good Luck. Make some memories and more importantly enjoy each moment. #gc2018
Karthik’s brother and Dipika’s brother-in-law, Saurav Ghosal will also be seen competing in the Commonwealth Games. Ghosal is India’s top male squash player and he is married to Dipika’s elder sister.
Karthik spoke to media after landing in Kolkata, that there were things from her wife’s dedication to her sport that he himself also had picked up.
He said,”One thing I’ve learnt from her is a lot of determination. She’s worked really hard especially for the CWG. Four years back she won gold in Glasgow. As a player, the most important thing is to be able to repeat it and be consistent. She’ worked really hard in the last four years to get a gold again. She’s already in Gold Coast. It’s a very important two weeks in her life.”
Dinesh Karthik is the KKR Captain which is Kolkata Knight Riders and they shall start their campaign on Sunday when they take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens.
Dipika Pallikal and the rest of the Indian squash contingent will be in action on the 5th for the preliminary rounds of the singles events.